Monday, August 22, 2011

Arrowhead Springs Meritage Reserve 2007


Arrowhead Springs is one fo the leading small wineries in the Niagara Region of New York. Relatively small, more than 4,000 cases, Arrowhead produces some excellent dry wines of extremely high quality. I am a huge fan of Duncan and Robin and think they do an excellent job.

Recently, while on a mini-vacation, I entertained some friends with Arrowhead Springs Vineyard Meritage Reserve 2007. Duncan and Robin Ross own Arrowhead Springs in Lockport, NY.

A blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Franc, this wine has been aged for 23 months in French and American oak barrels. Barrel lots are individually selected with the goal of making the best possible wine leveraging the strengths of each variety. Big dark fruits await you, including stewed dark fruits like plums, prunes, dark raspberries, and cranberry, as well as hints of dark chocolate and cassis as promised.

The wine was an instant hit and I was lauded for my "expert knowledge" of wine. I don't make any claims to being an expert, but I was smart enough to open a bottle of Arrowhead Springs Vineyard.

What a pretty and well balanced and beautifully crafted wine this is!